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US knew Indonesia intended to stop East Timorese independence ‘through terror and violence’

Documents reveal ‘muted’ attempts to convince Indonesian officials to allow free vote to proceed.

The US government knew for months that Indonesia’s military was supporting and arming militias in East Timor in the lead-up to the 1999 independence referendum but

  • Helen Davidson
  • The Guardian

The hundreds of documents provide a window into US policy on the months of terror inflicted on the Timorese and the “muted” attempts by the US to convince Indonesian officials to allow a

The formerly classified documents are released in a…

They reveal extensive and

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